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Survey finds more than 200 species of moths in southern Scotland

More than 200 species of moths have been identified in southern Scotland Credit: Galloway Glens Partnership

A study has identified more than 200 species of moths in Dumfries and Galloway.

The 'Moths at Home' project was carried out between May and September and saw 35 traps set in 19 different locations across Galloway.

A total of 1,912 moths were caught and identified, including 204 separate species. Among those spotted was the Clay Triple-lines, said to be "very rare" in Scotland.

The six-month survey was funded by the Galloway Glens Partnership and carried out by Butterfly Conservation Scotland and the South West Scotland Environment Information Centre. The findings will be used to help conservationists better understand and protect moths across the region.

A total of 1,912 moths were caught and identified Credit: Galloway Glens Partnership

"It is fascinating to think that we have more than 200 species of moths flying through Galloway at night.

"This project has been a great opportunity to better understand our local moth population, while gathering valuable data for the South West Scotland Environmental Information Centre's records."

– Jude Crooks, Galloway Glens